This season just keeps happening: Bucks – Lakers Preview

What to Watch For: Bucks

Ersan Ilyasova should return for the Bucks (Update: He isn’t returning. He may never return.). I honestly can’t give you, gracious with your time reader, or anyone else a reason to watch the Bucks or any indication of what you should be watching when you watch them. I suppose Giannis is fun to watch sometimes. You could watch to see if John Henson plays 30 minutes or not, which is a thing that is very important to a lot of people and absolutely meaningless to others. You can be in whichever camp you choose there.

There are 11 games left, counting Thursday night’s sadfest.

What to Watch For: Lakers

This is the only time the Lakers will be in Milwaukee until probably the year 2015, so that’s kind of exciting. Of course, this isn’t the Lakers team anyone expected would be visiting Milwaukee when the schedule was released before the 2013-14 season. The Lakers many hoped for had Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and were a potential playoff group.

This group has Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks and is the opposite of almost every Laker team ever. They are the second worst team in the Western Conference, which is less difficult a feat to pull off than being the worst team in the Eastern Conference, which is what the Bucks are.

This will probably not be a fun night, filled with optimism and hope for the future.

I would not be good at my job if I worked in ticket sales for the Bucks.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 CDT

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Larry Sanders (fractured right orbital bone; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out)

Lakers: Pau Gasol (hates Mike D’Antoni; out), Kobe Bryant (body falling apart; out), Steve Nash (battling age; questionable), Nick Young (swag overload; questionable), Jordan Farmar (groin; out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia

Lakers:

PG Kendall Marshall

SG Jodie Meeks

SF Wesley Johnson

PF Jordan Hill

 Chris Kaman

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Jodie Meeks

Meets Lakers Pass
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Meeks has been something of a better, smaller version of Khris Middleton on offense this season. I say on offense, because I literally have no idea how he’s progressed as a defender. Metrics on defense are too cloudy for me to even make a judgement. I just remember him being so-so to below average as a rookie in Milwaukee.

But, if he were in Milwaukee now, fans might be preparing to build him a small monument. Scoring an average amount of points while playing an efficient offensive game has become quite an impressive feat these days to Bucks fans.

If you were to say that maybe Jodie Meeks was only average, your sanity would be put on trial and your general outlook on life called into question. He would be the bright shining beacon of hope that came through this season. He would be the one example of a player flourishing, despite the Bucks doing everything they could to bring down all of their young players, who they so obviously hate.

I am glad Jodie Meeks is not in Milwaukee this season. Ultimately, he moves the needle none. I now await more comments about my continued dismissals of Khris Middleton.

This season is a poisonous wreck, however necessary it may be to a brighter tomorrow.

Prediction: Lakers 134 – Bucks 88

Categories: Game Previews

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10 Comments

  1. Dear Jeremy,
    It will be okay. We all get sad sometimes. Sometimes it passes in a moment, bourn away by the sight of a fleeting smile or the first Monarch of the spring. Sometimes it takes longer, 82 excruciating games longer, for example. Just remember what that one Beatle said: this too shall pass.

    Your desperate honesty is greatly appreciated.

  2. Hang in there Jeremy, in 11 games we can forget this season happened and look forward to the future. Thanks for keeping the season interesting.

    I live in LA and watch a lot of lakers games. Meeks is still a below average defender buy has improved his positioning since his time in Milwaukee. Meeks fits really well into the d’antoni system and he mostly scores 3s from offball screens/swings, pump fakes into 3s or long 2s and back door cuts to the basket (which was definitely not in his arsenal when he was in milwaukee).

    The lakers have almost not rim protection so this should be high scoring…

  3. Thanks, Jeremy, for your snarky comments regarding Khris Middleton directed at least in part at me; it is further confirmation of my suspicions that you just don’t like me participating on this site.
    One might note, first of all, that Khris is quite a bit younger than Jodie Meeks and for that reason alone has much more upside.
    Then one might add that your dreary assessment of the Bucks in this same article would provide some justification for saying that Khris has been quite an impressive player for the dismal Bucks this season, and cause for considerable excitement.
    As an aside, one might note your delirious excitement over J.J. Redick last season, a player who really does seem to be almost only just a shooter after many years in the league (however well he may or may not move without the ball). Please correct me, but I seem to remember you wondering in giddy excitement if J.J. was your favorite Bucks player of all time. How much of his truly disappointing play for the Bucks last season was his doing, and how much was him being dragged down by the miasma of the team.
    Finally (for the sake of some brevity) you wrote a couple of days ago that it was important to watch the watchmen and for me to keep doing what I do; yet, your tone above suggests that me daring to disagree with you passionately is worthy of snide derision. Maybe you could clarify whether or not you want passionate but respectful debate on your site, or what you want using your own words.
    If you look at my comments to you and others at Bucksketball over the weeks and months, I think you’ll find me consistently respectful and complimentary even when I passionately disagree, and even when I might go a little too far. I’m not sure the same could be said for you and your colleagues, with the notable exception of Preston, whose words over time I very much appreciate.

    • P.S. For examples of my past comments, see the articles Preston linked to in his comment after the Bucks-Kings recap. That’s the kind of debate I wonder about being welcome at Bucksketball.

    • All we have at this point in the season is snark, Sfisch. You are certainly a Middleton supporter, but, there are others who I thought of while dipping my virtual pen into the sarcasm ink.

      I poke because I love.

    • Just wait for what I write about Kendall Marshall after tonight’s game. You’ll see I’m not all bad.

      Also I don’t recall being THAT giddy about Redick. I did love teh way he moved off the ball. Once Middleton starts running half curls full speed, then stopping on a dime and bringing them back to the opposite side of the court, my heart will be his.

      • Okay, as long as it’s all done in a spirit of camaraderie and a healthy back-and-forth, I’m up for a fair amount of sarcasm and even a little snarkiness.
        Maybe it’s good to consider Bucksketball as kind of like a favorite sports pub at which to argue about the Bucks in a rollicking way with friends and acquaintances, but with everyone going home on an upbeat note with each other.
        After all, we are all afflicted with a greater or lesser attraction and attachment to the Milwaukee Bucks; in that common source of suffering I hope we can find a common bond of commiseration and, increasingly so, a common cause for celebration.